Should We Finance a Vacation?

If you want to plan a vacation for your family, you may be considering whether or not to take out a personal loan to pay for your trip. Maybe you don’t have the extra funds on hand, or maybe you don’t want to drain your savings on one trip. Either way, you have options. However, financing a vacation isn’t right for everyone, so consider your financial situation before making the decision to take out a personal loan.

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Features to Look for in a New Car

It’s almost summer time and you are in the market for a new set of wheels. All of the features and technology in cars can be overwhelming when choosing what you want in a vehicle. How do you decide which features are must-haves and which can you skip? 

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Combatting Fraud: Money Wiring Scams

One of the most popular scams involves someone asking you to wire money to them or a company. Maybe you were contacted by a “friend” asking you for financial help; or you’ve been told you won a contest or lottery and that you have to pay taxes or fees before your prize can be paid out.

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Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Finances

You may think that your personal finances are above your children’s head, but it is never too early to begin teaching smart money habits. You want the best for your kids and to provide them with all the tools they need to be successful as they grow up. Part of that foundation is helping them understand the value of earning, spending, saving and investing money.

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Planning Ahead for Your Wedding Day

If you’re finding the costs of your wedding to be higher than you anticipated, you’re not alone. According to popular wedding magazine The Knot, the average American wedding costs upward of $35,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on one day, especially for twenty- and thirty-somethings.

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April is Financial Literacy Month

Whether you’re saving for a vacation next year, or retirement in thirty years, being knowledgeable is the key to success in reaching your financial goals. And no matter what your goals are, we have some tips that can help you stay on track.

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Caller ID Spoofing Scams

Scammers will try anything to try and trick you into thinking they are legitimate callers. One of the latest scam techniques involves “spoofing” a phone number, meaning that when they call you, it appears that they are calling from a particular number.

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Mortgage Scams and How to Identify Them

Mortgage scams come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and scammers do not discriminate when trying to commit mortgage fraud. So, before you make any changes to your mortgage, check to make sure your “once-in-a-lifetime” offer isn’t on this list.

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Personal Finance Book Recommendations for 2019

There has probably been one time or another that you’ve joked about wishing you had a money tree growing in your backyard. While you can’t plant a tree that magically sprouts dollar bills, you can learn how to boost your income and investing to improve your finances over time.

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Mortgage Rates Reach 13-Month Low

You may not follow mortgage rates particularly closely, but if you’re shopping for a mortgage it’s definitely a topic you want to pay attention to. This is especially true since rates are at a 13-month low.

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Combatting Fraud: What You Need to Know About IRS Scammers

Technology has exploded in the last decade and has greatly improved many aspects of our lives – including how we bank. Unfortunately, as the use of technology increases, so do instances of fraud.

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Five Fun Ways to Save As a Family

Meeting financial goals as a family can be challenging. But inspiring your family to help and contribute to a financial goal doesn’t have to be a painful process, especially when the result is an exciting family vacation, a new family car, or college savings. In the spirit of America Saves Week, we’re sharing some ideas on how to save as a family.

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You

Every year, the middle of April marks the end of the federal tax return filing season. For most of us, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork to work through as they file.

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Invest in Your Future by Saving for Retirement

There is no better investment you can make than in yourself and your future. Experts recommend allocating 15% of your monthly income toward retirement. But you may be wondering where to begin stashing that money away so that it is most impactful for your future.

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Three Ways to Give Your Savings Account a Little Boost

What does “saving extra” mean to you? Whether it is putting change in a piggy bank or moving everything not in your monthly budget into a savings account, creating the habit of saving and sticking to it over time can make a huge difference. This year as part of America Saves Week, commit to trying one (or all) of these three ways to save a little extra

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